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The Resource American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan

American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan

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American Reform Judaism : an introduction
Title
American Reform Judaism
Title remainder
an introduction
Statement of responsibility
Dana Evan Kaplan
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kaplan, Dana Evan
Dewey number
296.8/341/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
BM197
LC item number
.K37 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Reform Judaism
  • Judaism
  • Jews
  • Jews
Summary expansion
The only comprehensive and up-todate look at Reform Judaism, this book analyzes the forces currently challenging the Reform Movement, now the largest Jewish denomination in the United States. To distinguish itself from Orthodox and Conservative Judaism, the Reform movement tries to be an egalitarian, open, and innovative version of the faith true to the spirit of the tradition but nonetheless full compatible with modern secular life. Promoting itself in this way, Reform Judaism has been tremendously successful in recruiting a variety of people-intermarried families, feminists, gays and lesbians, and interracial families among others-who resist more traditional forms of worship. As an unintended result of this success, the movement now struggles with an identity crisis brought on by its liberal theology, which teaches that each Jew is free to practice Judaism more or less as he or she pleases. In the absence of the authority that comes from a theology based on a commanding, all-powerful God, can Reform Judaism continue to thrive? Can it be broadly inclusive and still be uniquely and authentically Jewish? Taking this question as his point of departure, Dana Evan Kaplan provides a broad overview of the American Reform movement and its history, theology, and politics. He then takes a hard look at the challenges the movement faces as it attempts to reinvent itself in the new millennium. In so doing, Kaplan gives the reader a sense of where Reform Judaism has come from, where it stands on the major issues, and where it may be going. Addressing the issues that have confronted the movement--including the ordination of women, acceptance of homosexuality, the problem of assimilation, the questionof rabbinic officiation at intermarriages, the struggle for acceptance in Israel, and Jewish education and others--Kaplan sheds light on the connection between Reform ideology and cultural realities. He unflinchingly, yet o
Label
American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Historical overview -- Introduction to Reform Jewish belief -- Evolution of American Reform theology -- Reform revolution of the 1990s -- Worship revolution in the synagogue -- Struggle for recognition in the State of Israel -- New challenges in Reform Jewish education -- Outreach campaign -- Struggle for women's equality -- Acceptance of gays and lesbians -- Battle over the future of Reform Judaism -- Where do we go from here?
Control code
51992808
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780813532189
Lccn
2002012498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
American Reform Judaism : an introduction, Dana Evan Kaplan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Historical overview -- Introduction to Reform Jewish belief -- Evolution of American Reform theology -- Reform revolution of the 1990s -- Worship revolution in the synagogue -- Struggle for recognition in the State of Israel -- New challenges in Reform Jewish education -- Outreach campaign -- Struggle for women's equality -- Acceptance of gays and lesbians -- Battle over the future of Reform Judaism -- Where do we go from here?
Control code
51992808
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780813532189
Lccn
2002012498
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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